By Ph.D. Stephen C. Lundin
It is time to permit the CATS out of the bag . . . interest may need killed the proverbial cat, yet with out it very actual achievements may by no means take place. With this booklet as your advisor, you’ll spark your innate interest, pounce on difficulties in methods you by no means imagined, and revel in larger luck and delight at work—and on your own existence. Playful, profound, and certainly upbeat, CATS presents what you must faucet into your energy of innovation—and then unharness it in each member of your company. whereas such a lot company thinkers view this problem from the pinnacle down, Stephen Lundin sees the topic from a CAT's-eye view, explaining easy methods to get each employee--no subject what level--to imagine and act in cutting edge methods. within, he examines the 4 demanding situations to innovation and provides sensible measures aimed toward conquering them. you are going to the best way to: Be courageous ('fraidy cats by no means innovate) cease being “normal” (make your personal rules!) include failure (it's the single approach to examine) Foster creativity (don't be a keep watch over freak) Lundin then describes the 9 Lives of Innovation, each one of that's a step towards understanding your internal CAT and changing into an absolutely contributing member of an cutting edge association. Prowling within each worker is a questioner, a author, an innovator--claws out and able to pounce. turn into a CAT and you'll fi nd your self springing on principles in a fashion that surprises you—and each person round you.
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Can you add a couple of your own? The Third Challenge: Failure When we are infants, we are willing to try anything and often do. As we get older, we continue to explore the world, but we begin to get adult feedback about what is and isn’t okay. We love to explore and try different things and will often use colors in ways adults don’t consider normal. They worry about us making fools of ourselves in school and being criticized for being outside what is considered normal. Then it happens. We make a mistake, and someone laughs at us in a way we know is not complementary.
This approach facilitates innovation and minimizes the cost of failure. 16 | CATS: The Nine Lives of Innovation 9. CAT Wranglers understand natural energy. Leadership plays a significant role in the overall innovation process of any organization. Our focus is on the role of leadership in nurturing, developing, and supporting individuals in a way that ensures the energy is natural. CAT Wranglers provide a safe environment for CATS to play. Please note that I am not tackling the whole process of innovation, but only the development of people, CATS, who will be ready, willing, and able to innovate—whatever the process.
CHAPTER 4 | 41 Find ways to free yourself from the clutter that chokes your world. Begin to experience the spaciousness that allows your imagination to take flight. Identify pockets of serenity in empty rooms and out-of-the-way places and states of mind, and bring them into your life. Building a Greenhouse for Innovation When Tom Kelley of IDEO said space is the new frontier, he was not talking about the solar system or the galaxy. He was talking about a frontier for innovation. He believes that the arrangement of people at work and the “feel” of the work environment can be managed to serve innovation.